'coffeeshops' on Serious Eats

Now Enrolling Members: NYC's Fair Folks Cafe

The experiment is an interesting one which seeks to formalize the concept of the "regular" cafe patron, within an unusual setting. For $25 a month, members of the cafe are entitled to free coffee daily—that's brewed coffee, cappuccino, espresso, you name it (and name it as many times a day as you like)—from their full-service coffeebar. More

Poll: Should Coffee Shops Ban Laptops?

Last week, the New York Times reported on coffee shops that have started to ban, or otherwise actively discourage, laptop use. Of course, perks like WiFi and ample seating are part of what draw customers to many coffee shops in the first place. But when they start to look more like libraries in exam time than cafés, it's understandable that the owners would want to push back. What do you think? Should coffee shops ban laptops? Take the poll » More

Starbucks to Offer Free WiFi

According to the Wall Street Journal, Starbucks will begin offering free WiFi service in its locations beginning July 1, 2010. Previously WiFi was available in Starbucks stores under a variety of options, both free and paid. The new policy ends the ambiguity and also gives customers free access to otherwise paid content on sites such as ... the Wall Street Journal. The move comes after McDonald's started offering free WiFi in locations. Is this welcome news to you? Will you hang out longer in Starbucks now? More

Favorite Coffee Spots From Off-Duty Baristas

Savvy eaters know that discovering great restaurants sometimes means following the best chefs after hours. But while Eric Ripert can turn a late-night-snack spot into an overnight sensation, would you trail your favorite top-notch barista to their go-to cafe after they finish a shift? Three baristas share their favorite spots. More

Zummo’s Café in Scranton, Pennsylvania

"This is Zummo's Café—Pennsylvania's, and perhaps America's, best coffee shop." If you're the sort of person that doesn’t know why they should visit Scranton, Pennsylvania—except to see if the Dunder Mifflin office really exists—I'm here to help. Imagine you're lost in a sort of run down neighborhood. You spot a café, and pull over. It’s across the street from a church, down the street from a storefront courtroom, Catholic school, and rectory and in an old wood-frame house. A police car is parked outside and construction workers are having a smoke out front. What do you expect? Plastic-wrapped danishes? Week-old doughnuts? At least you'll get directions. When you walk in though, you notice the Clover machine. Yeah, they make coffee... More

Barista in the Wild, Part 5: The Future of the Coffee Shop

It might be the largest Starbucks I've ever seen—or at least it appeared to be. As the first LEED-certified store in the company, the intention is to pave the way for future locations. In typical down-home coffee shop style, they offer drinks "to stay." No prices on the menu board means you should come with at least five dollars and cross your fingers. Employees encourage a cup of Clover-crafted coffee, made with small batch beans ground to order and miraculously prepared to enhance the flavor profile. More

Kenyan Street Food in Jersey City

Thanks to the Orange Democratic Movement, Kenyan immigrants have taken residence in Jersey City, and Robert Sietsema approves of the mandazi (a sweet fritter commonly sold on Nairobi streets) that they've brought with them. Available for $1 at Mallory Coffee... More

Sugar Rush: Chai at Ost Cafe

East Village tea and coffee shop, Gramstand shuttered its doors for the final time in early December, leaving nearby residents homeless of a roomy, wifi-endowed café. We are not without quality coffee in the area—think 9th Street Espresso, Abraco,... More

WiFi Menus Urge Moochers to Buy Cafe Food

It's pretty easy to sneak into a coffee shop, yank some internet, do what you need to do and skedaddle. No muffin? No $4 latte? Why when you can pretend to be invisible! Since that's not cool for the cafe, Holland's largest chain of coffee shops called CoffeeCompany is using WiFi names to insert menu hints like: "HaveYouTriedTheCarrotCake?" and "Mmm...YummyMuffinsOnly1,99." [via SwissMiss]... More

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